Category Archives: Kin Co-op

NaNoWriMo for the Uncreative

The other day, my sister asked me if I wanted to do National Novel Writing Month with her. This means writing xxxx number of words a day.

She’s doing a minor in a creative writing. How do I compete with that?

cannot compute

I’m exhausted already.

But what if I didn’t restrict myself to a creative exercise? What if instead, I made this into a multi-chapter technical writing exercise?

I’ve got a couple ideas for using the idea of NaNoWriMo to develop written communication skills for real-world applications. Just try to flesh out your own personal, professional writing style by practicing, practicing, practicing. No word count minimum required. Such fun! So adult!

For the Procrastinator: respond to one email a day. Or maybe write one email a day (perhaps that “stupid” question you were too scared to ask your prof?). If there’s no email to be drafted or responded to, unsubscribe from one of those annoying marketing e-blasts that you receive because you wanted to win a free watch that one time. Okay, I never said any of my ideas were good ideas.

For the Interview-Challenged (ayyyyy): answer one interview question a day. Google or Bing the most common questions, and brainstorm your best answer. Keep your work in a folder to pull up and review the next time you get a call back from that internship you really want. I’m excited to try this one, especially since I’m collecting interview-worthy experiences through my co-op right now.

For the over-sharer at heart: blog every day. Pffffft, ok. Hasn’t worked well for me, but maybe for you?

For the Extremely Ambitious: a cover letter a day. No, I’m not suggesting you do 30 job applications. I just think that by trying to write the same things over and over again, you’ll find the best way of explaining what you really meant. Plus, you can write draft cover letter templates for different job types—a sports marketing company is gonna look for very different things than a physiotherapy clinic.

Got any better ideas? Holla at ya girl (dats me!).

Happy writing!

That’s a wrap!

This week, I finished the second portion of my 8 month co-op term with UBC Athletics and Recreation. It’s been an incredible journey in terms of professional and personal growth, and to be honest I’m a bit sorry I haven’t documented every step of the way.

(First year!Courtney thought that Third year!Courtney would still be pushing out blog posts every other day. Silly girl, that one.)

So to recap the last 7 months of my life, I’ll make a list of highlights:

  1. May 12th: my first few hours of work. I was introduced to the building and a lot of people, so the thing that went through my head the most during those few hours was probably “wait, what
  2. Event month: FIVB Volleyball, a huuuuge private banquet, Yonex Badminton Open, the Vancouver Special Olympics.
  3. Hiring: my supervisor knew that my least favourite thing was talking on the phone… so of course, I spent a day and a half conducting screening interviews over the phone. Needless to say, I’ve gotten good at saying “Hi, how are you?”
  4. I developed a Diversity Training module and I’m actually super proud of it. A lot of the issues discussed in it are important to me, and I’m glad that I got to work on that project.
  5. His Holiness the Dalai Lama: I STOOD >100m AWAY AND BREATHED THE SAME AIR AS THE DALAI LAMA WHAT. But seriously, it was simultaneously the most stressful and rewarding event ever.
  6. Also I talked to Zachary Gray of the Zolas in a two-second conversation where he said “Do you know where so-and-so is” and I was like “uh I don’t know who that is” and he was like “ah ok bye”. And that’s why I will never go to a meet-and-greet because what do you say?!?!?!
  7. More events: Googoosh & Ebi, the Yeah Show, Lace Up for Kids, the Davis Cup press conference, Sesame Street Live.
  8. An awkward holiday staff party where there was too much food and no one showed up. For party favours, each person received an entire box of pizza.

That list probably didn’t make sense but basically, I had a good time. Shoutout to my manager for being cool and taking extra time to offer support and feedback throughout the term 😀

Anyways, it’s vacation time! Happy holidays everyone—see y’all back in class!

Kinesiology Co-op

Hello, friends!

For the past month, I’ve been busy working full time at UBC Athletics and Recreation as a summer co-op student. Specifically, I’m the Events and Services assistant at the Doug Mitchell Centre aka Thunderbird Arena. Three cheers for my first big girl job!

My role is to help out with a variety of things. I’ve done some work on the page, looked up history for all of UBC’s sports facilities, sat on the employer side at a job fair (which evoked all kinds of amusement and second-hand embarrassment), and more! I’m also heavily involved in the facility set-up of the big events that are happening at Thunderbird Arena this summer, like the 2014 National Special Olympics.

It’s been quite the experience—I learn new things every day! They’re not exactly technical skills, but rather soft skills like talking on the phone without crying from embarrassment. I don’t know why, but I honestly get super nervous about communicating with people over the phone or email. How am I supposed to disguise my ineptitude with charisma if they can’t see my face??

What’s nice is that I’m on campus basically all the time. It’s like I’m going to school! Except there’s not really any homework*, and pretty much everyone is older than me.

*Technically, I do have homework. It’s just documentation for the Kin Co-op Office that is required every work term, but keeping on top of them has actually been the hardest part. Time management is still a thing I’m working on (it’s one of my learning objectives, in fact!).

In any case, my point here is that I feel like grown adult with responsibilities—and it both frightening and exhilarating.